Friday, January 26th at 4 PM in the 7th Grade Room, musicians and instructors from the Virtuoso Music Academy and the San Diego Symphony will present a 30 minute concert and presentation for parents interested in signing up for After School Strings Instruction.
Classes will start the second week of the quarter, meeting Monday and/or Friday (exact schedule TBD). Students will be accepted in Violin, Viola, and Cello (See What Instrument Do You Want to Play?), Grades K-8 welcome. OTA Orchestra with Mr. John Nettles will continue Tu & Th, with the VMA Teachers focusing on technique and on teaching students how to practice.
Learn from the best! Based on our decade of classical music education experience, we can’t wait to bring the best music education to the students in San Diego and surroundings. We will also bring the most renowned artists from the stage to our classroom; and vice versa, we will bring our best students from the classroom to the International music stages!
Chess Club Teacher Mr. Dustin gave a demonstration last quarter (with the help of some Larry Evans Chess Club alumni) and OTA students were captivated. 78 Students signed the Chess Club interest list!
Why Study Chess? Patience, Planning, Problem-Solving, Puzzling, Perseverance… Chess teaches self-control & humility, grace under pressure, & it makes children smarter.*
Larry Evans Chess Camp is taught by master instructors, using very effective tools and motivation techniques. OTA students loved it during our first year but schedule changes brought it down to once a week last year. Once a week isn’t enough to learn anything! So, we’re back to two days a week of Chess.
Students may sign up throughout the quarter–contact the Chess Camp for pro-rated discount. Sign-up Online Now! (Choose Old Town from the dropdown menu: Chess Club will be offered Wednesday and Friday after school.)
Get Inspired, watch the film Brooklyn Castle about America’s best chess team!
Please join us in our 3rd Annual Familly Night at the Globetrotters game!
What: Harlem Globetrotters vs. Washington Generals
When: February 13th @ 7pm.
Where: Valley View Casino Center (Sports Arena)
Deadline is January 31st so don’t wait!
The kids get to participate in the Court of Dreams!! Let your player live their dream and play on the Valley View Casino Center court before the Globetrotters begin their game. Arrive at 5:30 for the Court of Dreams. Tickets are $13
Old Town Academy Wine and Dine is all about building our community. We will share our gala stories that shape our event and we want you to do the same. That’s why Facebook and Instagram will be a big part of the event in 2015. You’ll be our photographers, and we’ll share our posts on both sites and also on the big screen at the event. ⇒⇒ What is the Wine & Dine?♥♥♥Click here to learn more
Thank you! —Sandra Gartland, Monika Hanft and Meredith Lurie
To help us build community and tell our story, get ready now! Here’s how:
Go to www.otafoundation.org
Click on the Instagram or Facebook icons.
Like our page and you are in the loop. Post pics and follow along.
Sunday, Jan 18, is OTA Open Basketball (2:00-4:00 PM at Presidio Gym) for 3rd-8th grade students, alumni, siblings, moms, dads, grandparents.
Monday, Jan 19, is Martin Luther King Day and a school holiday.
• Visit the King Center to learn more about the life of Martin Luther King • Watch a video from the NBA in honor of MLK Day and his I Have a Dream speech: “Barrier Breakers”
Friday, Jan 23 is the Last Day of the Quarter and a Half-Day (Dismissal at 12, After-School Classes Meet)
Friday, Feb 6 is the next OTA Parent Foundation Morning Coffee (8:30 in the downstairs gym/lunchroom). Hosted by the OTA Parent Foundation President Kuan Collins and OTA Administrators, this is a time to ask questions, meet other OTA Parents, and learn about volunteering opportunities for Q3 & Q4: We’re looking for DuoLingo Foreign Language Club Mentors (Spanish, German, Italian, French, and Portuguese), Piano Lab Coaches, Robotics Lab Coaches, Math Lab Coaches, Athletic Coaches (Basketball, Baseball, Soccer), and more!
“Our world is not as bad a place as we often feel it to be. It is easy to look to the future and lament on how far there is left to go, but sometimes it is helpful to stop and reflect on just how far we’ve come.
This New Years, my resolution is to help make our world a better place. What’s yours?”
“Remember, nobody changes the world on their own” —Astronaut Chris Hadfield
ResMed, a local medical company specializing in sleep apnea and respiratory care solutions, is a generous supporter of San Diego Education non-profits that work with children. At an Awards Luncheon yesterday ResMed presented OTA with a grant to support our Kiwanis Club of San Diego (Serving the World’s Children)Music-Math Learning Acceleration Lab
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Every Sunday until March (end of basketball season), the Presidio Gym will be reserved for OTA Students & Siblings (3rd Grade & older*), Alumni, Parents & Grandparents from 2-4 PM * This is not basketball practice, but free play time, though the Presidio counselors and OTA Coaches will help organize games and shooting competitions. *Students in K-2 may attend only if a parent stays with them (in general we don’t recommend it as the baskets are too high and most children in K-2 are too small to play with the older children; but you know your child best).
Presidio Gym: 2811 Jackson Street, San Diego, CA 92110 – (619) 692-4918
The more parents who stay and play the better; but you may also drop off your 3rd-8th grade child/ren any time after 2 and pick them up at 4 PM. Please remember the gym will close at 4 PM and they will not be able to wait inside.
The WOW (Wall of Wine) Committee wants to remind you….
Sunday Funday is this Sunday!!!!
Join us for an afternoon of fun at the Liberty Station Park beginning at 11am on 1/25, 2/22, 3/15 & 4/12. Meet new parents or connect with friends and bring a bottle of wine valued at $20 or more to towards the Wall of Wine!
The San Diego Symphony has been a great supporter of OTA Music (with OTA Parent Jian Chan helping to arrange on-campus concerts, classroom visits from musicians, and tickets to symphonies). Now they are offering a free introduction to classical music for younger children right here in Old Town (Park at OTA and walk!).